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Teams of young people in seventh through 12th grade are encouraged to enter the Kidsvention competition sponsored by Kids Voting and WNED. Runoffs will be held Oct. 9 to 11 and arguments of the finalist teams will be broadcast live from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 2, on WNED. The team registration deadline is Oct. 4. To sign up, call Mary Jo Gill at 845-7000, Ext. 344. Questions to be discussed by teams and voted upon by young people on Election Day, Nov. 6, are:

Grades 7-8: Should we tighten controls on immigration and visas in the aftermath of Sept. 11?

Grades 9-10: Should the U.S. and its world allies take military action in response to acts of terrorism?

Grades 11-12: In time of national crisis, should the civil liberties of American citizens be restricted?.

More than 100 colleges and universities from New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New England will participate in a college night sponsored by the Southern Erie County Counselors Association from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Hilbert College's Hafner Recreation Center, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg. For information, contact your school guidance counselor or call Kathleen Parker at 649-7900, Ext. 212.

Holy Angels Academy, 24 Shoshone Drive, Buffalo, invites seventh- and eighth-grade girls and their families to an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. . For information, call 834-7120.

Classes for residents 16 to 21 toward a General Equivalency Diploma are offered from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Seneca Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca St. Call 893-3500 or 822-6877.

NeXt Editor: Jean Westmoore (849-4076)

Graphic designer: ChristinaVisco

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